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Kelly Sabo Gaden

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Kelly Sabo Gaden
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
Malman Law
Associate Attorney
Attorney Kelly Sabo concentrates in complex litigation matters involving nursing home abuse and neglect, and medical malpractice from inception to completion.
Kelly Sabo Gaden

Senior Associate Attorney

Kelly Sabo Gaden joined Malman Law as a Senior Associate in 2011. She co-leads the long term care and medical malpractice group at the firm. She has dedicated her legal career to obtaining justice for the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and personal injury. With nearly fourteen years of experience, she has obtained over $40,000,000 in compensation for her clients due to hard work and dedication to her practice.

Mrs. Sabo Gaden is a graduate of Augustana College, where she had the honor of serving as the 144th Annual Commencement Student Speaker. During her time at Capital University Law School, she contributed to the article, “Kelo vs. City of New London: An Argument for Banning Economic Development Takings,” which was published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Prior to joining Malman Law, Mrs. Sabo Gaden practiced law at a prominent Chicago personal injury law firm and worked in the Chicago office of a top regional law firm for civil litigation defense. During her time at Malman Law, Ms. Sabo Gaden has achieved several noteworthy six and seven figure settlements in long term care cases and has played a vital role as first chair and second chair in record setting verdicts with the firm.

Mrs. Sabo Gaden lives in Chicago with her husband, Brian and daughter, Charlotte “Charlie.” When not practicing law, Kelly enjoys Chicago sporting events and traveling. She is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Practice Areas

  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Supportive Living Facilities
  • Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA)
  • Elder Abuse

Top Settlements

  • $972,000- obtained a verdict in a case against a downstate nursing home and management company. Our client, 93, was a long-term nursing home resident who fell while ambulating in her room during the middle of the night. She sustained catastrophic injuries including a large brain bleed, spinal fracture and orbital fracture resulting in death one week after being admitted to hospice.
  • $1,001,864.80- obtained a record settling verdict in a case against a nursing home. Our client was a nursing home resident who was dropped in the shower room during a transfer resulting in a fractured hip requiring the surgical placement of two metal rods and screws in her leg and hip. Upon return to the nursing home, the surgical site became infected requiring surgery to remove the metal rods and screws.
  • $1,225,000 – while a resident of a supportive living facility, decedent suffered a fall down a flight of stairs for extensive and severe injuries, including but not limited to: bilateral anterior and superior epidural hematomas and right frontal and temporal subdural hematomas, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, multiple skull fractures, orbital fractures, rib fracture and vertebrae fractures. Following this traumatic fall, decedent was transferred to nursing home for rehabilitation. While a resident of the nursing home, due to a lack of supervision and monitoring, the decedent removed his catheter and the nursing home staff improperly reinserted a new catheter, causing urethral injury with perineal infection, requiring operative care and death.
  • $1,675,000 – Assisted Living Facility settlement for a 93 year old who was left outside for over 8 hours in extreme heat.  Facility staff had miscommunicated and documented that the resident was out of the facility with family.  As a result of this “miscommunication,” our client died from being left outside on the facility patio leaving behind six adult children.


  • 2016 -Top 100 Verdicts in Illinois
  • 2016-2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2018 -Top 100 Verdicts in Illinois
  • 2018 -Top Women Lawyers in Chicago Daily Herald Business Ledger
  • 2019- Top 40 under 40 Civil Plaintiff National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019- Lawyers of Distinction Medical Malpractice Law
  • 2019- Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer


Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School, 2007

B.S. Public Administration and Political Science, Augustana College, 2004

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)-
  • Nursing Home Litigation Group (NHLG)- Elected Executive Committee Member at Large 2020
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association (ITLA) 2019-2020 – Board of Advocates 2019-2020
  • 2018-2019 Civil Litigation Committee Chair
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) – 2018-2019, 2020-2021 Civil Litigation Committee Chair | 2020 Annual Dinner Committee

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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